Ron Chapél: The Early Days

This episode covers Dr. Ron Chapél's early days at Ark Wong, how he met Ed Parker, Bruce Lee, Gene LeBelle, fight films, the evolution of Kenpo, Tiny Lefiti, and how he became a Martial Hacker. 

Dr. Chapél has been training in the arts for over 55 years with a lineage that include GM Ark Wong and GM Ed Parker. To say that this man knows what he's doing is an understatement. He has lived the Martial Arts longer than most of us have been alive. He is truly the original Martial Hacker. Someone who examines the arts from a scientific basis. Does it work? Yes, then he uses it. If it doesn't then he throws it out. 

Dr. Chapel can be found explaining all things Martial on KenpoTalk

You can also find pictures, given to me by Doc, hosted on the Martial Moves Facebook page.

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Michael W. 5 years, 5 months ago

I really enjoyed the podcast with Mr. Ron Chapél.

This website is an awesome idea! I look forward to each article, podcast and news. Thank you.


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Brad Bode 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks. I have a lot more great interviews coming. I appreciate the positive feedback!

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Russell 5 years, 3 months ago

Loved this. I'm a martial arts history junkie! Especially kenpo history. Up here in Canada, most of the history of Martial arts is either Japanese based (karate, judo,kendo) or WW2 combatives, which is cool but it isn't kenpo. Some kenpo people up here are either full of it or are not what they claim they are. Not everyone, but enough are that it is a problem. Never know who to believe unless you do your homework. I have, but not everyone does that, as we both know. Fantastic to hear from someone who was literally there and while I can't study SL4 up here in Canada, I appreciate all that the all of the kenpo seniors have to offer. Thanks again.

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Brad Bode 5 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Russell. I plan to have more Kenpo related interviews that will touch upon other aspects of the history. Please spread the word!

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